ALA TechSource Blog

By Tom Peters | In the days of yore it was not uncommon for universities in Britain and the U.S. to have a policy called "rustication." If a student acted up academically, he would be sent away from the university for a few months to think about his transgressions and, ideally, rededicate himself to the life of the university. As the term "rustication" implies, the concept in its pure form involves being sent down to the farm.

Read more | 01/11/2007 - 14:35

By Michelle Boule | Recently, the Maintain IT Project has been mentioned on various electronic-discussion lists and blogs. The Maintain IT Project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is gathering information and success stories about Public Access Computers (PACs) in public libraries. Eventually, the project team plans to compile the stories and make them available to libraries as a troubleshooting resource.

Read more | 01/10/2007 - 23:12

By Teresa Koltzenburg | By now you likely have received your January issue of American Libraries (AL).

Read more | 01/07/2007 - 22:51

By Michael Stephens | One theme I've been happy to write about and use as a talking point in my classes this past year is that of the newer types of jobs and job descriptions we've seen posted in Libraryland.

Read more | 12/29/2006 - 20:19

By Michelle Boule | Google has a relatively new offering called Google Apps for Education. It is part of its Business Solutions branch of services. Google Apps for Education is a suite comprised of Gmail, GTalk, Google Calendar, Google Page Creator, and the Google Start Page customized for your school.

Read more | 12/14/2006 - 23:00

By Teresa Koltzenburg | Last week, you may have read about some new collaborative efforts (check out the District Dispatch's second podcast, intro music and all!) and Web 2.0 tech tools launched by some creative ALA staffers and the

Read more | 12/13/2006 - 11:44

By Tom Peters | After playing around for an hour or so with the recently released public beta version of Microsoft's Live Search Books (LSB), I have to admit—against some vague sense that my better judgment is failing me—that I like it. Sure, others have reported that LSB does not work well—or at all—when using browser software other than Internet Explorer, but if you stick to the straight-and-narrow Microsoft path, the service works and shows potential.

Read more | 12/12/2006 - 11:14

By Teresa Koltzenburg | ALA TechSource is proud to present the “Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium,” July 22–24, 2007.

Read more | 12/06/2006 - 11:19

By Teresa Koltzenburg | Kelly Czarnecki, on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog, recently posted about a really cool event happening in Seattle next month. Gamers and those interested in gaming and libraries will definitely want to check out: YALSA's Teen Gaming Discussion Group W Hotel Seattle, 1112 4th Ave., Studio 8

Read more | 12/05/2006 - 19:08

By Karen G. Schneider | For better or worse, I'm usually quite prolix on TechSource, but this is a day when I woke up early feeling the need for a wee happy post. It's a day when I flung open the curtains and shouted to the world, "World, the OPAC doesn't always have to suck!"

Read more | 12/05/2006 - 09:34